SoftLayer Opens New Dallas Data Center

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A look at the racks inside the new SoftLayer Technologies DA5 data center in Dallas (click for larger version).

SoftLayer Technologies has launched its second Dallas data center, located in the company’s recently completed headquarters. Designated DAL05, the new facility features an advanced dual-path network structure, including redundant network interface cards (NICs) in every server. DAL05 has capacity for 15,000 servers, and is fully connected to SoftLayer’s data centers located at the Dallas Infomart and additional sites in Seattle, Washington, and the company’s network Points of Presence in seven additional U.S. cities.

“Networking is the killer variable for today’s online services,” said Sam Fleitman, Chief Operations Officer for SoftLayer. “Social networking, web application, cloud solutions—they all need higher bandwidth and more throughput control than ever. DAL05 pushes SoftLayer’s trademark networking advantage even farther. The dual-path structure not only provides greater bandwidth to individual computing units, it lets customers do things like designate separate paths for different traffic streams, optimizing a server’s networking for its specific application.”

The network density can be seen in this photo from the new DA5 data center, which shows the back of the racks:

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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